13 April

Sheffield is one of just 20 Local Authorities that has been successful in securing funding for a new special school the Government announced yesterday. The new school will provide for youngsters in the city with some of the most complex needs. It will provide around 30 places for children aged between 7 and 16 who have autism and social, emotional and mental health needs.

The funding includes the costs of building the school as well as an additional £500k for set up costs. The Council will now start working with colleagues from the Department for Education as we begin the process to secure a great sponsor to run the new school.  

Jayne Ludlam, Director of Children Services at Sheffield City Council said: “This is great news for Sheffield.  The new school will make sure that more children with autism and social, emotional and mental health needs are able to access the education opportunities that they need locally.

“It will provide parents and young people with more choice and will enable these youngsters to reach their potential and gain the qualifications to match. We look forward to sharing more details as this exciting plan develops.”